BPA November News
From: Donald greenwood (doncon99toad.net)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:21:51 -0800 (PST)
2009 CENTURY LINEUP: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2009 WBC pending GM commitments is now posted at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm. Our usual in-depth analysis of each event has been delayed by late GM reports but will be available before the December membership drive to aid you in deciding what events to support in 2009. Those 2008 Event After Action Report pages complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them will be available soon at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/

BOVE WINS SIEGELMAN: Despite concerns about the economy and incomplete renovations at the Days Hotel, the sixth rendition of Euro Quest managed to hold steady with approximately 250 in attendance. Top individual honors for the weekend went to Alex Bove, the 2007 runner-up to Rob Kircher, who reached four tournament finals and compiled 24 points to 22 for the reigning Caesar, Raphael Lehrer. Alex won the Harald Siegelman Award despite winning no events to Raphael's two by scoring in six of 11 main event tournaments. For the second straight year, it was Raphael who won the most games overall (18) but because he posted wins in two fewer events, Alex scored higher. Defending Siegelman champ Rob Kircher competed well also, winning a total of 17 tournament games and placing fifth in the Wild Card tourney while also winning games in seven main event tournaments to place third, two points behind Raphael and four behind Alex. See the winners at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/eq08.htm The winners and laurellists for all events with updated laurel totals will soon be listed on their respective event AAR pages at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/

EMERY WINS WATERLOO: John Emery bested Rich Shipley and Kevin Sudy in a 5-turn Final to win championship wood at Waterloo VI on October 26th in Towson, MD. John, playing the Austro-Russians, won despite submitting with the Austrians on Turn 1. The tournament saw 39 games played by 24 combatants with the new 2nd edition rules. For complete details on this unusual Final and the weekend in general, see http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wat08.htm

NEW MEMBERSHIP POLICY: In 2009, we will be extending WBC to a full week running from Monday morning through Sunday evening with assorted pre-cons during the previous weekend. This has been done to accommodate the growing number of early arrivals during the Sampler Showcase looking for Open Gaming opportunities. The Showcase will no longer be considered a Pre-Con and will be open to all paid WBC attendees. Additional space has been secured to handle the influx of open gamers this has created. A small number of events will continue to be run on Monday to augment the Sampler Showcase, but the bulk of Tuesday will remain dedicated to the Auction and Auction Store as in the past.

A normal Sustaining Membership will now cover all WBC events from Monday thru Sunday and will cost $70. However, all members joining by the December 31st deadline will receive both a free full-color Yearbook mailed in May and a WBC Souvenir T-Shirt upon arrival. Those joining After the New Year will be able to purchase these items separately only while supplies last. The convention schedule will remain separate from the full-color yearbook in a smaller, one-color booklet made available at registration. This policy ensures that everyone who attends WBC will get a printed schedule, while preserving one of the unique traditions that IS WBC -- our full color souvenir Yearbook. Check the full details on our membership terms page at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for payment deadlines and shirt size exceptions.

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Prospective BPA members are urged NOT to renew memberships for 2009 until the December membership application is posted with the Ballot for Trial events and Sportsmanship. That page will be updated on or about December 1st, 2008. In the meantime, check out the nominees for your Sportsmanship vote during the Membership Drive at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sportmanNominees.htm

LAST CALL FOR NEW EVENTS: If you'd like to introduce a new event to WBC 2008 (or return one from long ago) NOW is the time to submit an event form to GM that event next summer. Only by doing so by November 30, 2008 will that event be added to the ballot for our Annual December Membership Drive. All events which ran at WBC 2008 will automatically be on the ballot again, but if your favorite game is missing, don't lament it unless you've done something about it! Take a turn running it yourself. See the list of events already eligible to be run and an updated list of those that will be on the ballot at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm and get an event form at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/EventForm.htm

We are also always in need of volunteers to GM or assist Juniors/Teen events and to offer Seminars. If you're looking for a way to give something back to your hobby, here it is.

EURO COORDINATION: Eric Freeman is again volunteering to co-ordinate Euro events in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you'd like to be part of this effort, contact freemaneric [at] comcast.net

WAM VII: The next BPA gaming conference is on Thursday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 25th, 2008 in Timonium, MD at the newly renovated Days Hotel. The Winter Activation Meeting is again the week before the Super Bowl. The focus of this four-day event is to provide a gaming convention for the two-player historical "card-driven" boardgaming community: players and designers. This year we have decided to abandon the Open Play format that we have been using in recent years and will be making WAM a more structured event. While the "organized chaos" approach was popular with some, it was less so with others because the high number of tournaments diluted participation and also because it was confusing to new attendees and difficult for the GMs to run. We will be offering the following titles as fully sanctioned BPA tournaments with full laurels to be won: Paths of Glory, 1960; Making of the President and Twilight Struggle. In addition, as we anticipate the publication of several new CDG titles in the coming months, we will also be adding a fourth tournament as January approaches (much as we did with 1960 at last year's event). If none of the new games are tournament friendly or published in time we will bring back one of the old standards such as Hannibal or Wilderness War. These are the only official tournaments that will be run and all four events will have a set schedule. Participants are also welcome to open game to their heart's content, so bring your other CDG titles along

BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). The hotel is newly renovated so enjoy this rate for the last time. Prices will be increasing next year.e http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam09ann.htm

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PBeM NEWS

TWILIGHT STRUGGLE SEMIS: A total of 213 games have been played by 86 entrants in the six swiss rounds to reach the six-player Single Elimination rounds. Three-time WBC champ Stefan Mecay, the #5 seed in the elimination portion, has defeated the Soviets of #4 seed Suzanne Tuch with a +20 VP auto-victory on Turn 7. George Seary, the #6 seed, has likewise defeated the Americans of #3 seed Bill Edwards with a -20 VP auto-victory on Turn 5. The two survivors now enter the Semi-finals. Track the details at http://www.kilfara.dsl.pipex.com/TShome.htm

AFRIKA KORPS: What better way for grognards to celebrate the New Year than with the start of another email tournament. January 1 is the target date for another duel in the sand dunes. See the details at http://www.bpaclassics.org/afrika_korps_format.htm and contact GM Bruno Sinigaglio to enter at brunofjs [at] hotmail.com

DELUXE BITTER WOODS: January 15th will be the start of a new BPA PBeM tournament featuring Patton's Relief of Bastogne scenario in a Single Elimination format. Seeds will be determined by AREA rating with no byes awarded. "Eliminator" opponents will be assigned in place of byes. For details go to home.comcast.net/~bitterwoodsweb/BWHome.htm or contact the GM at brunofjs [at] hotmail.com

ADEL VERPFLICHTET: This holiday season won't just be about what you're getting.  It'll be about showing your stuff off at castles all over Europe.  And stealing the other guys' stuff -- and their money too.  And once in a while, you might even spend your own check to buy more funky stuff to show off.  To what do I refer?  Why, the Adel Verpflichtet PBEM tournament using the SpielByWeb engine which starts on December 1st, of course.  You can get all the details at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_format.htm and enter by contacting John Pack at john [at] gameaholics.com.  Make this holiday season one to bluff your way through.  Your turkey will taste much better in anticipation!"

RUSSIA BESIEGED: Two years in the making, and after five hard fought rounds of double elimination, Russia Besieged heads into the Final pitting the ever venerable Vallery Relland against Jim Eliason. Vallery has finished each round with the best results for his side played in all rounds to this point making him the odds on favorite. This tournament has used a unique style of play where the players compete against participants from the same side in each round that uses a common weather die roll to avoid having weather determine the course of play. Each round has produced results that compare the number of victory point cities with tie breaks for minor cities gained / lost and finally Axis losses for the length of the scenario. Having a field of players that encompassed a truly cosmopolitan flair with entries from Poland, Italy, France, Canada, as well as the United States has truly been a potpourri of experiences throughout.

GALLAGHER WINS HERE I STAND: After 22 games, the field of 54 players was whittled down to the six laurelists. The Final of the first HIS BPA PBeM Tournament reached a satisfying conclusion in late Sept. 2008.  Dan Gallagher's Turks were able to outwit, outlast, and secure five Pirating VPs to earn the first PBeM wood.  Dan's Turn 5 victory was an outstanding accomplishment given the strength of the other finalists.  Key moments in Dan's march to victory in Turn 5 were the three key Piracy VPs the Turks earned to ensure the victory, the play of Servetus for an additonal VP and the stealing of two VPs when the Akinji Raiders snatched the Andrea Doria card from the Hapsburgs.  Rob Seulowitz's Hapsburgs held the Turn 4 lead but deft diplomacy on his part shifted the bullseye squarely to the back of his rival, Dan's Turks.  The diplomatic play in no way lessened Rob's chance at victory.  However, Dan's cards, luck, and overall strategy won out and brought home the coveted wood.  Spirited play by Mike Brophy's Papacy and Jeremiah Peterson's Protestants saw the religious battles sway back and forth.  Mike's Pope eventually prevailed in this conflict with the untimely burning of one of the Protestant debaters.  Meanwhile Steve Caler as the French and George Young as the English played a steady Tournament Final that saw them poised for a big Turn 6 that could have secured the victory, but alas it was not to be.  The final results for all the participants were thus: 1st - Dan Gallagher 24 VPs (Turks), 2nd - Rob Seulowitz 21 VPs (Hapsburgs), 3rd - Stever Caler 21 VPs (French), 4th - Mike Brophy 18 VPs (Papacy), 5th - George Young 18 VPs (English), and 6th - Jeremiah Peterson 17 VPs (Protestant). Appropriate laurels will soon be posted on the BPA HIS page at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/HISpge.htm

The next Here I Stand PBeM tournament is scheduled to begin on February 15th. Check out the details at http://home.comcast.net/~ebeach/HISBPATourney2009.htm
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All BPA PBeM tournaments require current BPA membership when the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. Associate Calendar year memberships enabling play in all PBeM events starting in that year cost only $10 and earn discounts for pre-registered admission to all BPA gaming conferences. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. Members are reminded they can upgrade their current memberships at any time by remitting the additional funds. See for details.

BPA members who would like to see an email tournament for their favorite game are encouraged to step forward as the GM of such an event. BPA does not run tournaments. Rather, we are an organization of gamers lending support to one another so such events can happen. No one cares as much about your hobby as you do. Get involved. See the requirements to host a BPA email tournament at http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/

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